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The world goes on / László Krasznahorkai ; translated from the Hungarian by John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet, and George Szirtes.

By: Krasznahorkai, László.
Contributor(s): Batki, John [translator.] | Mulzet, Ottilie [translator.] | Szirtes, George, 1948- [translator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : Tuskar Rock, 2017Description: 208 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781788160117; 1788160118.Subject(s): Hungarian fictionGenre/Form: Short stories. | Psychological fiction.DDC classification: 894.51134
Contents:
He speaks: Wandering-Standing -- On velocity -- He wants to forget -- How lovely -- At the latest, in Turin -- World goes on -- Universal Theseus -- One hunderd people all told -- Not on the Heraclitean path -- He narrates: Nine dragons crossing -- One time on 381 -- Gyorgy Feher's Henrik Molnar -- Bankers -- Drop of water -- Downhill on a forest road -- The bill -- That Gagarin -- Obstacle theory -- Journey in a place without blessings -- He bids farewell: I don't need anything from here.
Summary: "A Hungarian interpreter obsessed with waterfalls, at the edge of the abyss in his own mind, wanders the chaotic streets of Shanghai. A traveller, reeling from the sights and sounds of Varanasi, encounters a giant of a man on the banks of the Ganges ranting on the nature of a single drop of water. A child labourer in a Portuguese marble quarry wanders off from work one day into a surreal realm utterly alien from his daily toils. In The World Goes On, a narrator first speaks directly, then tells twenty-one unforgettable stories, and then bids farewell ('for here I would leave this earth and these stars, because I would take nothing with me'). As Laszlo Krasznahorkai himself explains: 'Each text is about drawing our attention away from this world, speeding our body toward annihilation, and immersing ourselves in a current of thought or a narrative...' The World Goes On is another masterpiece by the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. 'The excitement of his writing,' Adam Thirlwell proclaimed in the New York Review of Books, is that he has come up with his own original forms-there is nothing else like it in contemporary literature." --Publisher description.
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Shortlisted for The Man Booker International Prize 2018A Hungarian interpreter obsessed with waterfalls, at the edge of the abyss in his own mind, wanders the chaotic streets of Shanghai. A traveller, reeling from the sights and sounds of Varanasi, encounters a giant of a man on the banks of the Ganges ranting on the nature of a single drop of water. A child labourer in a Portuguese marble quarry wanders off from work one day into a surreal realm utterly alien from his daily toils.In The World Goes On, a narrator first speaks directly, tells twenty-one unforgettable stories, then bids farewell ('for here I would leave this earth and these stars, because I would take nothing with me'). As László Krasznahorkai himself explains: 'Each text is about drawing our attention away from this world, speeding our body toward annihilation, and immersing ourselves in a current of thought or a narrative...' The World Goes On is another masterpiece by the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. 'The excitement of his writing,' Adam Thirlwell proclaimed in the New York Review of Books, 'is that he has come up with his own original forms-there is nothing else like it in contemporary literature.'

Translated from the Hungarian.

He speaks: Wandering-Standing -- On velocity -- He wants to forget -- How lovely -- At the latest, in Turin -- World goes on -- Universal Theseus -- One hunderd people all told -- Not on the Heraclitean path -- He narrates: Nine dragons crossing -- One time on 381 -- Gyorgy Feher's Henrik Molnar -- Bankers -- Drop of water -- Downhill on a forest road -- The bill -- That Gagarin -- Obstacle theory -- Journey in a place without blessings -- He bids farewell: I don't need anything from here.

"A Hungarian interpreter obsessed with waterfalls, at the edge of the abyss in his own mind, wanders the chaotic streets of Shanghai. A traveller, reeling from the sights and sounds of Varanasi, encounters a giant of a man on the banks of the Ganges ranting on the nature of a single drop of water. A child labourer in a Portuguese marble quarry wanders off from work one day into a surreal realm utterly alien from his daily toils. In The World Goes On, a narrator first speaks directly, then tells twenty-one unforgettable stories, and then bids farewell ('for here I would leave this earth and these stars, because I would take nothing with me'). As Laszlo Krasznahorkai himself explains: 'Each text is about drawing our attention away from this world, speeding our body toward annihilation, and immersing ourselves in a current of thought or a narrative...' The World Goes On is another masterpiece by the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. 'The excitement of his writing,' Adam Thirlwell proclaimed in the New York Review of Books, is that he has come up with his own original forms-there is nothing else like it in contemporary literature." --Publisher description.

Translated from the Hungarian.

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Library Journal Review

In the opening piece in Man Booker International Prize winner Krasznahorkai's near-mystical new work, a wanderer seeking to leave a forbidding place at first finds his hands and feet bound, then manages a "forced march" before falling over exhausted and realizing that he will die "there at home, where everything is cold and sad." Rather like life darkly perceived or the depths of depression. The piece perfectly sets up what follows: dense, stylized meditations that aren't exactly fiction or essay or philosophical treatise but something sui generis, representative of Krasznahorkai's unique mind. A lecturer's investigation of melancholy, reflections on moral law inspired by Nietzsche's paralysis after witnessing a horse's beating-these are the wonders and challenges found here. VERDICT Definitely for high-end readers; for the curious, a good place to start. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Krasznahorkai's latest begins in a void, out of which speaks a voice who wants to escape the world, where everything "is intolerable, unbearable, cold, sad, bleak, and deathly." From there, the speaker embarks on a series of monologues in which he circles the globe, tries to outrun it, wants to forget it, then delivers three lectures on melancholy, revolt, and possession. These exercises concluded, a set of enigmatic short stories unfold. In "Nine Dragon Crossing," a man obsessed with waterfalls becomes lost in contemplation of the winding streets of Shanghai. In "One Time on the 381," a Portuguese miner stumbles upon a buried palace. The iconoclastic filmmaker of "György Fehér's Henrik Mólnar" recalls Krasznahorkai's own collaborations with director Bela Tarr. The ecstatic "A Drop of Water" concerns an encounter with a Buddha on the banks of the Ganges. Other stories take readers to a baroque and sensual Venice or resume the theme of leaving the world through the story of Russian cosmonaut Gagarin. In the end, the storyteller bids farewell and departs into eternity, leaving readers to puzzle over the parables, dialogues, and tales. This book breaks all conventions and tests the very limits of language, resulting in a transcendent, astounding experience. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Book Review

The world goes on indeed, and it's not pretty: so Hungarian novelist Krasznahorkai (The Last Wolf and Herman, 2016, etc.) instructs in this existentialism-tinged set of linked stories.It could just be the Rivotril talking, but when Krasznahorkai's narrator gets going on the subject of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, it quickly turns into a conspiracy theory full of ominous warnings about shadowy doctors, vodka, and the KGB: "Gagarin had to disappear for good, and of course, the way in which he diedthat one of the nations, indeed one of the world's greatest heroes would perish due to such a simple test flightwas inconceivable, I had to understand this." The Gagarin story opens on an urgent note of leave-taking: "I don't want to die," Krasznahorkai writes, "just to leave the Earth," which subtly echoes the opening words of the collection itself: "I have to leave this place, because this is not the place where anyone can be, and where it would be worthwhile to remain." That echo sounds at many points throughout the book, a whirlwind of sentences that run on for 10 pages and more at a time and that evoke a world-weary pessimism over human beings and their strange ways. Renouncing the very promise of salvation, a bishop declares that "no one shall attain heavenly Jerusalem," adding, "and the distance which leads to Your Son is unutterable," while on a more terrestrial plane, a banker grumbles over audits and paper trails and fearful CEOs. The spirit of James Joyce hovers over Krasznahorkai's pages, and Nietzsche is never far away, either; indeed, the German philosopher appears early on, breaking down into madness on witnessing a horse being whipped in a Turinese street. In dense, philosophically charged prose, Krasznahorkai questions language, history, and what we take to be facts, all the while rocketing from one corner of the world to the next, from Budapest to Varanasi and Okinawa, all places eminently worthy of being left behind. Complex and difficult, as are all of Krasznahorkai's works, but worth sticking with. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.